Practice holding at full draw

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  1. Afflicted

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    Do you practice holding your bow at full draw and if so whats your max you can hold and still make an ethical shot?

    I havent practiced in a while and just realized I'm only good up to a minute now with a #71 Prime Hybrid. I used to end end my training session trying to hold the last arrow up to 2min.

    Whats your goal?
     
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    I can hold for about 90 seconds on 62 lbs but I wouldn't want to in the woods. My arm strength just isn't the same since the stroke but I've come a long way. I try to make it 2 minutes when I'm done with my target practice for the end of the day but after 90 seconds I start shaking like a 180 class deer is in front of me.
     
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    It has been a while, I have found I can hold the bow back easily if I do not have the bow in the shooting position.
     
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    Funny. This year I have started training for this. I got this thing called dry fire pro. Through out the day when I take breaks I pull it back and hold the pin on a small target. Right now only doing in 1 minute increments. Shooting for 5. It has helped me hold steadier. Also don't worry about putting an arrow through my wall.
     
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    Also I have the hold weight set much higher than the hold weight of my bow.
     
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    Over 3min with my new bow at 90% let off. Best archery money I ever spent.
     
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    A minute and a half is very impressive. For some reason it's much easier when you draw back on game I noticed. I don't really even think about it.


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    5min? Wow.


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    Timely thread, I just came home from the gym. I will typically do a few sets of a single arm cable row and hold. I haven't ever timed my self i just hold till form breaks down.
     
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    Use a bow exerciser that equates to pulling 35-40# with no let-off. Hold that for 1 minute increments, several reps a night. After a few months of that, holding a bow with 85% let-off is a breeze.
     
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    Just practice holding a 5lb weight with your arm straight and horizontal to the ground. the longer you can hold your front arm up the longer you will be able hold on target.
     
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    I have not trained for it yet this off season, but I typically I built up to 2 minutes at 68lbs by the time season starts.
     
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    I'll try that. Push ups seem to really help as well.
     
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    I like to take a long exercise band, and loop it around something and step back far enough that there is tension on it. I hold a light dumb bell out in front of me while drawing the band back and holding it.


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    I don't think it's necessary to hold your bow for minutes. I don't even draw my bow back until he looks away and hold back for 3secs or less, and aim my pin behind a deers shoulder to release an arrow.
     
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    I agree its not necessary. I look at it like shooting at long distances. It helps my shooting at closer range. Being able to have a long solid hold with a good follow through helps me shoot better and I'm more confident. When I get tired the basics starts breaking down.
     
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    Elk have eyes like turkeys. When they clear the last bush or obstacle you better be at full draw and holding or game over.


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    if you want to limit yourself to only perfect hunting scenerios, that's fine. Not everyone has unlimited shooting lanes and deer that ignore them. Some of us have to draw before he gets to a shooting lane, and then it takes some deer 5 minutes to move 10 feet.
     
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    It's not really game over. In hunting There's always another way of getting a game animal. In my way of bowhunting. When im brushed in and they look away. Ill draw my bow back. Hell look at me. Ill release an arrow. shots may not be as perfect broadside. A little of it will be broadside but most times as the animal looks away and i draw back. Hes always light quarering away through strongly quartering away shots. But Im still successful in the end. Its like youre saying is that a traditional bowhunter can't kill an elk or turkey. My answes the opposite. They can. Traditional bows dont have cams to hold back for them. They got only 2secs or less to release an arrow.
     
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    If you're bowhunting whitetails.as I said there's always another way. I've tagged most of my deer being brushed in 15+ feet up in the tree, I'm also shooting through the windows of brushes. If the animal can't present you a time to draw your bow back because he's not looking away and he's looking up at the trees. Either let him walk away and hunt another day or grunt or rattle him back to get another chance till u draw your bow back to tag him
     

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